The City of Brampton is one of many cities around the world that opening space for people with Vodden Street bike lanes.

This episode of Bicycles As Transport discusses the new Vodden Street Bike Lanes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about how we do things on a day-to-day basis. This is particularly true with transportation, with the need for more physical distancing.

The City of Brampton is one of many cities around the world that are looking at ways of using space differently. Throughout the Region of Peel, there’s been a 33% reduction in automobile traffic. At one point, Toronto reported a 73% reduction. Many people have found themselves without work, or working from home, as a result of this pandemic.

What about the people who do need to go to work? Our essential service workers? The City of Brampton has continued to run Brampton Transit with transit vehicles running at half capacity. This has created new pressures to make sure there is enough service on busier routes.

There are more people using pathways and recreation trails. While pedestrian traffic are able to gap themselves accordingly for physical distancing, there isn’t a lot of space remaining to operate a bicycle safely in between people.

Vodden Street provides a critical east-west cycling corridor across the City of Brampton. Vodden Street connects to many important amenities (see 360 video below for examples). Brampton also has a challenge with crossing the heavily used Highway 410. Vodden Street is one of the few roads that crosses over the 410 without conflict with automobile traffic trying to access the highway.

Essential Locations, Accessible From Vodden Street

  • Pharmacies
  • Grocery Stores
  • Hardware Store
  • Computer Repair
  • Food Takeaway Locations

Vodden Street also has the benefit of connecting to several trail systems, including the Etobicoke Creek Trail, Esker Lake Trail, and Chinguacousy Trail.

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The #EcoAction Challenge encourages people to ride a bike to destinations in their neighbourhood. @thebikeport helped @bikebrampton gather data.

The EcoAction Challenge encourages people to ride a bike to destinations in their neighbourhood. Shop, dine, errands, commute — all by bike. To be active with your family year-round, meet new friends, become healthier, help reduce traffic congestion and reduce your carbon footprint.

Partnering with Canada Bikes, PCHS, Walk+Roll Peel and City of Brampton, BikeBrampton has been delivering the BikeWrx and Pedalwise programs from the Brampton Bike Hubs, and more recently Caledon Bike Hubs since December 2017.

The Bikeport by Kevin Montgomery helped gather data, Powered by Strava!

A Peel Region 2012 Transportation Study found that more than 900,000 daily commuter trips are taken in the Region with a distance of 7Km or less. 81% of these trips are taken by car; only 9% use active transportation. These short-range car trips consume the equivalent of 9 tanker trucks of gasoline and produce 450,000kg of CO2 emissions each day.

EcoAction met all the set targets

  • 95,000 km cycled by participants
  • 30,000 kg of carbon avoided
  • more than 1400 participant-visits to the hubs
  • average of 60 participants / month
  • more than 20 bikes out on loan from lending library
  • 36 new Pedalwise proteges since April
  • 55% of proteges are female
  • 70% of proteges are immigrants living in Canada less than 5 years

For more information, read about the results on the BikeBrampton website.

If you’ve been looking for a place to get started with learning how to use bicycles as transport, consider participating in Bike The Creek.

If you’ve been looking for a place to get started with learning how to use bicycles as transport, consider participating in Bike The Creek on June 22, 2019.

Bike the Creek is a free event aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. It’s an opportunity to join hundreds of cyclists in a fun family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks, urban and rural settings of Peel Region.

This year’s event features a route on the Etobicoke Creek Trail under #410 and #407, now paved south to Mount Charles Park, Mississauga. The southernmost loop goes into the Toronto Pearson Airport lands. There will also be a Downtown Brampton Riverwalk pavilion.

Check out the BikeBrampton website for more information and to register for this event.